Gum disease is an infection that attacks the tissues and bone that surround and support your teeth. There are two stages of this disease: gingivitis and periodontitis. During the first stage, gingivitis, the patient’s gums become inflamed and tender. Also, their gums will bleed easily when they brush and floss. Periodontitis is more serious. It has the following symptoms:
- Receding gums
- Persistent bad breath
- Pus coming from the gums
- A change in the patient’s bite
- Loose teeth
If your gums are receding, Dr. Yousefi and Dr. Raz may recommend pinhole surgery in Woodland Hills, California. The Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique is a scalpel- and suture-free treatment that corrects gum recession. Our dentists will make a small hole in the gums using a needle. Through this hole, specially designed instruments are used to gently loosen the gums and glide them over the exposed tooth root.
As this procedure does not involve cutting or stitching, there is only minimal pain, swelling, and bleeding. Patients are pleased and surprised by the instant visible results. The appearance of the gums is improved right away.
We encourage you to contact Woodland Hills Family Dentistry today to learn more and to schedule an appointment.